COVID-19: Frontline Health Workers Detained in Warri Hotel over Unpaid Bills

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Several frontline Health Workers in Delta State were prevented from leaving their hotel rooms on Tuesday due to unpaid bills.

According to a report by theCable, Three Doctors, Two Nurses and One Health Assistant were detained at the premises of Jubilee Hotel and Resort Warri for not paying their bills.

Although the health workers were billed to attend to COVID-19 patients, the hotel management refused to allow them leave without paying their bills because Health Workers have been piping up unpaid bills for a while.

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According to a source within the Hotel,

“The caregivers who ran night shift are now overstretched as those to relieve them by morning have been held down at the hotel.

“They are threatening to down tools unless the state government take urgent steps to rectify the situation and honour the agreement with the hotel management.

“This is the second time that health workers would be held because government is owing bills for accommodation. It happened at Isiaka Hotel where some of the front line COVID-19 health workers at the Warri treatment centre were lodged. The government paid part of the money, and at the moment they are still owing that hotel.

“So there was an agreement between these hotels and the state government but it appears the government is no longer fulfilling its own part of the deal.”

It was also gathered that Health workers in Delta State have planned to embark on strike if the issue is not resolved by the State Government.

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